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Will electing a Black President Erase Racial Inequalities?

Updated on September 18, 2008

First, let me state my political leaning so my response can be taken in context. I consider myself a diehard moderate. I vote republican or democrat depending on the candidate. I should also admit that I voted for Barack Obama in the California primary and I am proud of this decision (for full disclaimer, my wife is a very strong supporter of Hillary Clinton).

I think that the election of Barack Obama as the first African-American president will have the same effect that the election of John F. Kennedy as the first Catholic-American president. It will make race a nonissue for future presidential elections. This is a really great thing for America. Regardless of whether Barack Obama is successful as president or not, he will leave America with this great legacy.

Now, as far as racial inequalities... This is a real tough one. I think that inequalities, unfortunately, are an inevitable part of the system. Much of the current inequalities are not only embedded in the economic system but are also embedded in the expectations of people. For example, when Barack first announced his candidacy, he did not have the full support of the African-American community because many in the community didn't believe an African-Amercian could win as president.

In my view, Barack, if elected, will have unprecedented possibility in greatly improving racial inequalities. But, we should remember, that changing the legal rules and tax incentives does not not solve the sociological issues right away. Changes in expectations and perceptions may still take a generation to have permanent effect.

I don't believe that racial inequalities will be erased in one presidential term but hopefully, they will be greatly improved. We'll just have to see what happens in the election and if Barack wins, what he does.

That's my opinion. I hope that you found my answer interesting.


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    • livelonger profile image

      Jason Menayan 9 years ago from San Francisco

      Very well reasoned, and I agree with you.

    • larryfreeman profile image

      larryfreeman 9 years ago from Fremont, CA

      Thanks for noticing my typo. I meant "Barack" :-) I've updated the hub entry.

    • vrajavala profile image

      vrajavala 9 years ago from Port St. Lucie

      143 days in the Us Senate? His name is spelled Barack

    • larryfreeman profile image

      larryfreeman 9 years ago from Fremont, CA

      I don't believe in electing any presidential candidate regardless of qualifications.

      If you look up Barak's background, I think it speaks for itself. If you don't feel it's enough, don't vote for him.

      I don't really agree with you about the mainstream press. I believe that their goal, as always, is to get ratings and maintain their reputation within their own community. If you feel that there is a bias toward Barak, watch Fox News. I personally enjoy watching numerous news sources and reading various blogs to get a diverse range of opinions.

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      vrajavala 9 years ago from Port St. Lucie

      the mainstream press seems to believe that we should elect Barack for this main reason to erase racial inequalities, regardless of qualifications. How do you feel about that?

      could you explain why you think Barack has the qualifications for POTUSA?